Here's a thought from a nice little compendium of "shocking" facts from the recently published book, The Grand Design, by Stephen Hawking and Leonard Mlodinow:
Ah yes - observation. The physics equivalent of the Holy Grail... and just as elusive.
What is observation - this force that makes infinite potentialities and probabilities collapse into one observed "reality"?
It is an acknowledgement of sorts, yes - but does it have anything to do with consciousness, in the (admittedly limited) sense that we understand it?
The father of the "many worlds theory", Hugh Everett, is said to have vehemently refused the idea.
Apparently, very many physicists still do.
But it should also be said that Everett's conception of consciousness itself was, inevitably, limited.
A friend of mine, also a physicist (the same one that shared a pizza and Australia's Next Top Model with me), recently said something that is now stuck in my mind like a silly tune, a jingle that won't go away:
OBSERVATION = GRAVITY
GRAVITY = OBSERVATION
The problem is, gravity itself is much more of a mystery than apple-stricken Isaac Newton and his followers (especially his followers) would have us believe.
Yet this same force seems to be dictating Time - arranging timespace - itself.
Something to ponder about on this almost-spring Saturday, when so many people seem to be expecting so many terrible wonders from our dear puny little Moon.
The Moon (who else?) from Georges ' 1902 film, A Trip to the Moon.
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